Monday, 22 June 2015

#EndEmbarrassment with Vagisil - Sponsored

Let me start by just saying one simple word.
Did that make you feel a bit awkward and uncomfortable? Perhaps you've already clicked away from my blog, horrified that I've written that six letter word so freely.

It's funny isn't it? Collectively we are embarrassed and slightly thrown off by the very mention of this word, even though around half of the population have one. 
Vaginas, fannies, whatever you want to call them - they are simply another part of our anatomy and they are also kind of important -  after all , we kind of had to come out of one when we were born (unless you were a c-section baby of course...)

I myself am a proud owner of a vagina. We first went to the Doctor together when I was 16 to have a smear and we’ve looked out for each other ever since, though I probably should treat it to a haircut a little more often than I do.

So I’m quite open about talking about my bits with my GP but a lot of women really aren’t.
Vagisil have recently conducted a survey and spoke to 2000 British women about intimate health. Of these women, almost 50% felt embarrassed by the very mention of the word 'vagina' and worryingly, almost half were too embarrassed to mention any intimate health problems to their friends and family. More than 1 in 10 of the women surveyed had an issue with their bits get worse because they were not comfortable mentioning anything to their GP!

Vagisil want to put an end to this with the #EndEmbarrassment campaign and encourage women to talk about any concerns with their GP and get things sorted!

You can find out more about this very important campaign by visiting Vagisil and check out the range of intimate health products while you’re there.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion Review

You know when you come across a product that not only exceeds your expectations but also kind of blows your mind a little bit? It doesn't happen often but it's happened here- in the form of St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion.

st tropez in shower tan review

When I purchased this, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but since my first shower with the blue and white bottle, a little bit of tanning magic has happened. 

The concept of the St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion is bizarre to say the least. A tan you apply in the shower? Say what now?
To use this, you just shower as normal, turn off the water and rub the lotion all over your body, as you would if you were giving yourself an exceptional once over with shower gel. The lotion combines with the water, making it very easy to spread and therefore more difficult to end up with streaks. As there is no guide colour with this, you do need to be slightly meticulous in making sure you cover every inch but if you just go to town with it and apply quite generously, it's virtually foolproof. 

It has a slightly floral scent on application- quite delicate and inoffensive, so if you're not keen on that heady fake tan smell, you should like this one.
Once you've positively smothered yourself in the lotion, you need to wait 3 minutes for it to react with the water and start doing its thing. You could use this time to apply a face/hair mask or brush your teeth, or just do what I do and stare at the plug hole contemplating your past mistakes and thinking about what you might make for dinner. 
Once the 3 minutes is up, it's time to rinse it all off then pat yourself dry. 

I've done this every night for the past 3 nights and have built up a sun kissed, natural looking tan. I've used it all over my body, besides my legs as they are still recovering from a reaction from a different fake tan (thanks for that Garnier Ambre Solaire Summer Body, you jerk) and there is not a streak, nor patch in site. It's like a miracle, I tell you- though a soft, subtle miracle. If you're after a gentle glow, this could be your new best friend for summer but if you're in the market for something more dark and dramatic, it's probably not the one.

Besides the tanning factor, the thing I like most about the product is how soft it makes my skin feel. It leaves skin feeling super hydrated and silky, with zero stickiness. 
Overall, a great innovative product that I will be repurchasing. St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion is £14.50 at Boots.

Bee Good Honey & Crambe Daily Hand Cream

I love honey in my beauty products. Seriously, give me a honey based cream, lotion or potion and I'm one happy chappy.
It's a good thing then that this offering from British brand Bee Good is full of the golden goodness.

The Bee Good Honey & Crambe Daily Hand Cream is pretty self explanatory really- it's a hand cream designed for daily use and has become part of my home office artillery.

Since I've been growing my natural nails (hurrah) I've made much more of an effort  to take care of my hands and tend to have tubes of hand cream in my handbag, next to the bed and in my office. The Bee Good hand cream lives on my desk and serves one distinct purpose- to pep up my hands and senses after I've spent hours typing away.

The cream contains delicious ingredients including British Wild Flower Honey, Crambe Oil, British Beeswax, Borage Oil, Camelina Oil, Vitamin E and antibacterial British propolis. 

I actually had never heard of 'Crambe Oil' before I received this hand cream, but it turns out that it's rich in nourishing Omega 9 which is a fatty acid that smooths, conditions and provides a protective layer on the hands.

In terms of texture, I've found that the trick with this is that a little goes a very long way- only a pea sized amount is needed for both hands. At first it feels quite slippery but then magically absorbs, leaving hands feeling soft, soothed and delicately scented.

Bee Good Honey & Crambe Daily Hand Cream is £9 at Bee Good and you can find other Bee Good products at Look Fantastic